Or Street Life In New York with the Boot-blacks
By (author) Horatio Alger
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Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger
Book Description[Alger] was an utterly American artist . . . and the truth of his books is the truth of the power of the wish. . . . Alger was perhaps American capitalism s greatest and most effective propagandist. Richard WrightIntroduction by David K. ShiplerWritten to inspire schoolboys to strive for honesty, industry, frugality, and a worthy ambition, the novels of Horatio Alger (1832 99) are infused with great humanity, broad humor, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of Gilded Age propriety. Central to Alger s philosophy is the notion that heroes like Ragged Dick, a poor boot-black, manage to get ahead by dint of hard work, resourcefulness, luck, pluck, and fair play. Alger s upwardly mobile heroes have become paragons of middle-class comfort and moral standing, and their journeys from rags to respectability have long been viewed as the very embodiment of the American Dream. In this Modern Library Paperback Classic, the text of Ragged Dick is set from the first American book edition of 1868. Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780812973587
(203mm x 135mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Modern Library Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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"Alger was one of the most popular American writers of the late 1800s ... [his] message was that 'anyone can make it in America, and make it big.'" -- Michael Moore, Dude, Where's My Country?
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